WEEK 12

THANKSGIVING

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 22

Nondivisional

Red Bank 21, No. 9 Long Branch 20 (OT)

Nigel Mitchell scored on an 11-yard touchdown run in overtime and Makai Mickens blocked a Long Branch extra point to give the Bucs (2-8) a stunning victory over the Green Wave (8-3) to win the Ty Lewis Memorial Trophy.

Long Branch scored on its overtime possession to take a 20-14 lead, but Mickens blocked the extra point to give Red Bank a chance to win the game on its possession. Mickens' touchdown run from 11 yards out tied the score at 20 and Chris Maida converted the extra point to clinch the thrilling victory for the Bucs in their final game of the season.

Long Branch will play Freehold for the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV championship on Saturday, Dec. 2. The Green Wave did play their regular starters against Red Bank.

A blocked punt by sophomore David Hicks set up a 40-yard touchdown run by Mitchell to give Red Bank a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Long Branch tied the score on a touchdown pass by senior quarterback Juwan Wilkins, and the teams went to halftime knotted at seven.

A 20-yard touchdown run by Mickens in the third quarter gave Red Bank a 14-7 lead midway through the third quarter, but Long Branch tied the score at 14 with three minutes left in regulation.

 

Class B South

Barnegat 21, Pinelands 0

Charlie Cotton ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Bengals (5-5) past the Wildcats (2-8).

Cotton had two 1-yard touchdown runs and a 5-yard touchdown run. Barnegat's defense shut down Pinelands' rushing attack for its first shutout since 2013.

 

THURSDAY, NOV. 23

Class A Central

Holmdel 34, Raritan 9

Dean Gallo had three touchdown runs to power the Hornets (6-4, 3-3) in their win over the Rockets (4-6, 2-4). Holmdel's 6-4 record is its best finish since 2007.

 

Class B North

Middletown South 21, Middletown North 7

Senior Jake Krellin had three rushing touchdowns and younger brother Matt Krellin had three interceptions to lead the Eagles (5-5, 4-2) past the Lions (5-5, 3-3).

 

No. 10 Manasquan 20, Wall 6

Senior quarterback Tommy Antonucci ran for 66 yards and two touchdowns to be selected as the Ocean Trophies Player of the Game as the Warriors (6-4, 3-3) snapped a three-game losing streak against the Crimson Knights (5-5, 1-5) and evened the all-time Thanksgiving series, 9-9.

Antonucci had a 3-yard touchdown run in the second and a 9-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Senior running back Connor Morgan ran for a game-high 82 yards and scored a 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Junior defensive back Rashid Tuddles had an interception and 25-yard return that set up a  Manasquan touchdown, and junior linebacker Jack Fabean made a tremendous diving interception off a deflected pass in the fourth quarter to enable Manasquan to run out the clock. Junior defensive lineman Art Forman had a key fumble recovery that stopped a Wall drive inside Manasquan's 20-yard line in the second half.

Senior quarterback Eddie Scott ran for a team-high 74 yards and scored on a 10-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Senior running back Brady McNally ran for 73 yards and junior defensive back Kamaal Cofer had an interception.

 

Nondivisional

No. 3 Rumson-Fair Haven 24, Shore 6

Senior quarterback Dan Harby threw a pair of touchdown passes and Peter Crowley ran for a touchdown to give the Bulldogs (10-1) their first win in the Devil-Dawg Thanksgiving series.

 

Lakewood 26, Toms River South 12

Senior quarterback Zyheir Jones had three touchdown runs to lead the Piners (6-5) past the Indians (2-8) in the 98th meeting between the schools.

 

 

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